New England Landscapes

Winter Arrives in New England

As a New England landscape photographer, one finds themselves doing a lot of waiting on Mother Nature.  In spring we wait for the end of mud season and the return of leaves that seems to take so long.  In the fall we wait for the leaves to turn brilliant fall colors and then they drop and we wait for a blanket of beautiful winter snow to arrive.

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“I have no use for snow” I over hear at the car dealership as I wait for my car to be inspected, oil changed and generally prepared for winter.  Personally I have a lot of use for winter – skiing and photographing generally as well as my winter hobby of snow clearing.

Around Boston they have a saying that the seasons are Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Road Construction because the summer seasons typically see a flurry of construction activity filling pot holes created all winter.

Mark Twain said “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”  Which is kind of unfortunate because when you get a nice snow storm your really only have a short window between being able to get out safely to photograph the snow and when it starts to melt or gets hit with wintery mix of rain and sleet or something.  If you want to ski in fresh, beautiful powder, the best plan is to call in sick and hit the slopes before the weather changes.

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The ideal conditions are a nice dump of wet snows overnight, wet enough to cling to the trees, followed by a bright sunny day, sunny enough to melt the snow on the roads but not warm enough to melt the snow off the trees.

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Then there is the challenge of finding a place to park.  A four wheel drive car with good snow tires is a must.  Country roads in New England are ringed with drainage ditches that will swallow your car and you have to stay out of the way of the snow plows.  I find a quick tour into a farm road and a quick shot is best.   Or don high snow boots and snow pants and be prepared to wade in deep into the snow to get a shot.

Don’t ask about that time I drove on to a snowmobile trail by mistake and had to bribe a local guy with a sandwich to help get me out.

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New England winter photographs and artwork are available as fine art prints, framed and matted artwork, canvas prints, wood, arcylic, metal and on products such as greeting cards, tote bags, throw pillows and more! See the entire portfolio here:

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Lobster Boats at rest French River Prince Edward Island

French River Prince Edward Island by Edward M. Fielding

French River Prince Edward Island by Edward M. Fielding

I got up early, found a spot on the map that looked promising and headed out the door while my fellow summer vacationers slept and came back with this fine shot of early morning in a harbor on the French River on Prince Edward Island.

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One of the most painted panoramas on Prince Edward Island, the tiny fishing village of French River exudes the rural charm and timeless beauty so desired by many of our Island`s guests. The surrounding hills provide a breathtaking view of New London Bay while the secluded beach is one of the Island`s most delightful locations. The nearby Cape Tryon Lighthouse, perched on the tip of spectacular sandstone cliffs, offers a mesmerizing seascape and accompanying view of the rolling farmlands that dominates the surrounding landscape. Home to a newly opened golf course, French River provides peace and quiet for guests and Islanders alike.

 

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Ordering a large canvas print from Fine Art America

Iceland fine art canvas print mounted over the fire place.

On Black Friday, November 24, 2017, I ordered a  canvas print of “Take a Seat Iceland”.

Image Size:  24.00″ x 36.00″

Total Size:  24.00″ x 36.00″

Print Material:  Glossy Finish Canvas

Finishing:  Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas Print – 1.5″ Stretcher Bars – Back Stapled – Mirrored Image Sides

Iceland White chair
Iceland White chair

On the following Monday I received an email notification that the print had shipped, all 11 pound of it, with tracking numbers.  It is scheduled to arrive on Thursday via UPS.

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Take a Seat is a fine art photograph of a white wooden chair with two hearts sitting in the middle of nowhere overlooking an amazing vast valley in Iceland.

On Friday, one week from placing the order, my neighbor called to say he had a package from UPS that was mine.  Turned out it was my print!

The canvas print was carefully packaged in a cardboard box with an inner cardboard protective layer and wrapped in plastic.  It took a little while to get the print out of the protective wrappings but was soon hung over my fireplace.

 

 

Jenne Farm – The most photographed farm in the world

Photographers line up to photograph Jenne Farm

Jenne Farm in Reading, Vermont (The address of the Jenne Farm is 1264 Jenne Road.) is suppose to be the most photographed farm in Vermont and perhaps the world.

It even showed up in Forest Gump in a scene where Forest is running across America (and back again) and it has been used in Budweiser commercials and other movies.

I’ve seen a lot of photographs of photographers lined up, tripod leg to tripod leg, in the early morning or like in this photo, in the middle of winter. I’ve visited the farm many times (and tossed a donation in the donation box) but have never run into another photographer there. Perhaps I don’t get up early enough or these are photo clubs or some kind of photo tour.
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….in the world of landscape photography, Jenne Farm becomes a sunrise mecca each autumn, a scene that so screams “quintessential New England fall” — rolling hills, weathered red barns, and an 18th-century farmhouse, all flanked by autumn leaves — that it has become, it is said, the most photographed farm in the country, perhaps the world.

“On busy days, there can easily be a hundred people up on that hill photographing everything we do, and sometimes people get confused and think it’s a park instead of a working farm and private residence. They’re always asking for the public restroom, when can they take a tour of the house, and the location of the restaurant.”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/10/13/the-autumn-cult-jenne-farm/6j0Mk6LdoJ566QFBAetosM/story.html
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In the world of amateur photography, an iconic spot like Jenne Farm becomes “must have” shot on photographer’s bucket list.  Once you’ve seen a photograph of the farm, you start seeing every where.  On calendars, on post cards, on book covers etc.

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Amateur photographers who “collect” these iconic spots become like a bird enthusiast tracks their life list and travel the world to check off more birds than that guy in the bird club.

Antelope Valley – check.

Grand Canyon – check

Bass Harbor Lighthouse – check

Nubble Light – Cape Neddick Lighthouse – check

Old Faithful – check

Eiffel Tower – check

The only problem is not seeing the forest for the trees or being so focused on these icons perhaps they miss other interesting places and scene that are right around them in their neck of the woods.  Also standing in a line with a dozen other photographers all getting the same exact shot doesn’t lead to much individual expression or personal style your work.

The goal with any iconic spot should be to bring a unique take on the location.  Difficult to do of course with a spot that has been shot to death.

Vintage Tractor Fine Art Photographs

Vintage Tractor photographs

The Art of the Tractor – celebrating the beauty of old farm tractors with fine art photographs and artwork from around New England and the world.

Do you like old tractors?  This is the place to see some of the finest tractor photography by photographer and vintage tractor hound, Edward M. Fielding.

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Living in the heart of old tractor hunting grounds, in the Upper Valley region and Kearsarge area of New Hampshire, near the boarder of Vermont, Fielding spends his time hunting the surrounding towns of Springfield, Sunapee, New London, Hanover, Lyme, Cornish as well as deep into rural Vermont in pursuit of fine old vintage tractors in the wild to photograph.

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John Deere, Farmall, International Harvester, Ford – if it is an old tractor sold back in the day in New England, chances are Fielding has found and documented it.

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Old tractors still in use plowing and haying meadows, old antiques restored and proudly displayed, classics for sale, rusty old heaps put out to pasture as decorations, cute little red house tractors peeking out of barns.

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tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction.

 

Most commonly, the term is used to describe a farm vehicle that provides the power and traction to mechanize agricultural tasks, especially (and originally) tillage, but nowadays a great variety of tasks.

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Agricultural implements may be towed behind or mounted on the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power if the implement is mechanized.

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To the tractor lover, there is something magical about the tractor in the pasture. It represents wisdom, strength, and former glory as the plower of soil, tender of crops, and the backbone of the nation.

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Much like the aging racehorse or the prize bull, after its working days are done, old tractors find resting spots on the edges of fields, alongside barns, or in the hedgerows.

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Today, these rusting piles of iron not only represent the memories of nostalgic farmers (past or present), they represent possibilities of restoration, rejuvenation, and new life as sparkling representations of an age gone by.

 


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Landscape Photography in Iceland

Great series on landscape photography in Iceland. We’ll be driving an RV around The Ring Road in a few days. I appreciate how this video series shows the roads and parking areas around the attractions.

This series of uses a lot of drone footage which give you an idea of the path and observation areas around various sights in Iceland.

How to remove people from photographs

Remove People – sometimes you want people in photographs, sometimes you don’t – Tips for People Removal

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Isn’t annoying?  You reach a beautiful spot, get ready to take a photograph and there are some annoying tourists right in the middle of your shot.  You wait for them to leave but then another one walks in front of your camera.  And then a bus load of Japanese tourists drives up and suddenly you have a hoard in front of your lens.  What do do?  Laboriously clone them out using Photoshop’s healing or cloning brushes?

A better solution might be to image stack the photos.  Basically if the people are on the move and you have your camera on a tripod, you can take a dozen pictures and stack them together.  Photoshop can figure out what moved between “frames” and fill in the missing information.  And voila!  Annoying tourists disappear like magic.  Here is how to do it:

  • Take at least a dozen photos in your ideal spot using a tripod.
  • In Photoshop and go to File > Scripts > Statistics.
  • Select “Median” for the stack mode and check “Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images.”
  • Click the “Browse…” button to select your set of photos and hit OK.
Use this Adobe Photoshop trick to remove people from photographs.

Photoshop will process the images to preserve the static background and remove everything that changes between the shots (the moving people). There might be some cleanup to do in Photoshop (lingering limbs, for example), but this might be the quickest and easiest way to get postcard-quality photos of your last trip. – Melanie Pinola

This video shows you how to remove people from the images using Adobe Photoshop and their scripts. It’s Magic!!!! Now you see them – Now you don’t. Use the Photoshop Median Stack Script to disappear the tourists from your photos.

Recently Sold: Old Ford Tractor Colored Pencil

My neighbor on Hayfield Road in Etna, New Hampshire, part of Hanover home of Dartmouth College, has this beautiful old red New England dairy barn which we walk the dog by nearly every single day. He used to have a couple of beef cows so we always call this walk – the trip to the cow. The dog understands.

Anyway he also occasionally brings out his cute vintage Ford tractor with its blue and white paint scheme and rounded styling. It really is cute. If any tractor was going to star in a Pixels “Cars” movie, this one would be it.

Recently a large canvas of this image was purchased and is going to Washington, DC.

Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Ford Tractor Artwork by Edward M. Fielding

Old Ford Tractor Colored Pencil

Image Size: 24.000″ x 19.250″

Total Size: 24.25″ x 19.5″

Print Material: Matte Finish Canvas

Frame: 718BLK – Metal Canvas Floater – Black – 718 Profil (718BLK)

Finishing: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas Print – 1.5″ Stretcher Bars – Black Sides

 

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Achieving that Modern Farmhouse Style

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We never tire of beautiful farmhouse decor—from bedrooms to kitchens, take a look at this collection of stunning artwork of  vintage tractors, farms, landscapes, cows, barns and more!  Great artwork for simple and rustic modern farmhouse styled rooms.

Modern Farm House Style Decor https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

Modern Farm House Style Decor
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Old Tractor Brown Toned by Edward M. Fielding

Old Tractor Brown Toned by Edward M. Fielding Modern Farm House Style Decor https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

Rustic Modern is a method of interior design that refers to the use of historical period room installations or furniture within a more modern overall room design.  The design method is used for both the creation of room design in new homes and the restoration of older homes in an effort to keep their original charm while updating their utility for modern families.

 

Modern Farm House Decor Dining Room
Modern Farm House Decor Dining Room – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm
Vintage Ford Tractor Square Framed Print
Vintage Ford Tractor Square Framed Print – Modern Farm House Style Decor – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

Shabby chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique.

 

Farmhouse butcher beef cuts chart
Farmhouse butcher beef cuts chart – Modern Farm House Style Decor –  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

 

Tractor art in the living room
Tractor art in the living room – Modern Farm House Style Decor – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm
Photographs of old tractors
Photographs of old tractors by Edward M. Fielding – Modern Farm House Style Decor – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

Rustic Meets Refined – Getting that great modern look with a bit of a country twist just requires a few great elements such as down home photographs and artwork.  Old-fashioned farmhouse interiors may have been cozy, but they were also often dark. Today’s approach to farmhouse design combines many of the style’s classic elements — wide-plank wood floors, exposed beams and rustic wood furnishings, with a much brighter take.

Eggs in a Vintage Wire Basket
Eggs in a Vintage basket http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/eggs-in-vintage-wire-egg-basket-edward-fielding.html
Old Red Tractor in the Snow
Old Red Tractor in the Snow – Modern Farm House Style Decor – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm
Modern Farm House Style Decor
Modern Farm House Style Decor – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm
Vintage Tractors artwork
Vintage Tractors artwork – Modern Farm House Style Decor – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

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